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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Program Description

The Hocking Medical Assistant program provides students with the knowledge to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Medical Assistants are the only allied health professional specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics and group practices.  These multi-skilled personnel can perform administrative and clinical procedures.

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Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:

PER SEMESTER

$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

OPTIONAL

$53......Parking

$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career as a Medical Assistant Makes for a Healthy Future

The Medical Assistant program prepares graduates for entry-level careers in ambulatory health care settings such as medical offices and clinics, and provides the student with a background sufficient for growth and advancement in the medical assisting profession. 

Entry-level jobs include Certified Medical Assistant, either clinical, administrative or both; Phlebotomist*; or Electrocardiograph Technician*. 

Medical management responsibilities include:

  • Computer applications
  • Patient reception
  • Schedule, coordinate and monitor appointments
  • Establish, organize and maintain patient medical records
  • Coding and processing insurance claims
  • Patient transactions, billing and bookkeeping
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services

Medical clinical responsibilities include:

  • Measuring vital signs
  • Assisting with examinations
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Assisting with minor office surgery
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Taking medical histories
  • Running electrocardiograms
  • Laboratory testing in urinalysis, hematology and microbiology
  • Explaining treatment procedures to a patient
  • Drawing blood
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings


*Some employers require additional certification for this position

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant:

  • Performs a wide range of clinical skills to promote care of patients and families effectively.
  • Conducts patient education to ensure continuity of care.
  • Directs office business by performing a variety of administrative duties.
  • Communicates effectively with staff, doctors, patients, community, and other medical personnel.
  • Maintains professional skills and attitudes with colleagues and patients.
  • Maintains, coordinates and documents policies and procedures for office.
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Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 48%
2015 - 2016 50%
2014 - 2015 30%

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.

Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 12.96%
2015 - 2016 12.24%
2014 -2015 10.87%

Accreditation Affiliation

The job market for Medical Assisting is excellent. 85.71% reflects the percentage of graduates who chose to seek employment in their field for the 2016 cohort.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Hocking College showed 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years. Employers who have employed Hocking College Medical Assistant graduates showed 100% satisfaction rate over the past five years.

The Medical Assisting Program at Hocking College has an average retention rate of 71.43% for the 2016 cohort. There are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA) exam. The MAERB Annual report for 2018 indicated a 75.00% passage rate for those who chose to take the exam.  The percentage far exceeds the 60.00% threshold set forth by MAERB.

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350 | Fax: 727-210-2354

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